Happy Friday from your friends at Quick Shift! This weekend's weather looks perfect for taking a dockless scooter for a spin -- or throwing it in the trash. -- Katie Burke
War of statements. After Tesla said it had taken itself out of the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the fatal Model X crash while Autopilot was engaged, the agency responded by saying it had removed the company as a party to the investigation after Tesla failed to cooperate. The automaker shot back Thursday afternoon, claiming the NTSB violated its own rules and that it would make a complaint to Congress.
Safety first: After the disclosure late last year of a widespread hack of customer data that occurred in 2016, Uber agreed to an expanded settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over its delayed reporting. The new complaint holds Uber liable for civil penalties if it fails to disclose a similar breach in the future. At the same time, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi published a blog post outlining the company's latest safety features and procedures for customers and drivers.
- General Motors' Cruise acquires robot delivery startup.
- Elon Musk has some creative descriptions for production delays, and may have broken some Securities and Exchange Commission financial disclosure rules with one tweet.
- Mercedes-Benz tests new subscription service.
- Mobile app detects when you are texting and driving.
- French company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will begin construction of two test tracks.
- Self-driving cars will be a game changer for the blind, if the industry knows how to cater to them.
- The New York Times: Autonomous cars are a "distraction."
- The ousted chairman of Qualcomm is fundraising to acquire the company and make it privately held.
- Federal judge rules that Uber drivers are contractors, not employees.
- The EPA's push for lax fuel economy standards is based on old data.
- China says U.S. crashes prompted adoption of self-driving car test regulations.
- Sweden is putting electric rails on its highways to power electric vehicles.